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Sure, sometimes it might seem like we’re always running around and never able to stop and do the small things but making time to read to your kids might be a great idea. According to lots of research, there are some pretty great perks in regards.

Currently, in this world, not as many parents read to their children and it could be holding them back. Reading aloud to your kids for at least 15 minutes each day or night might be enough to increase their intelligence levels and make them kinder. When we read to our children we help them from an early age develop a passion for it and through that make them more willing to learn and work to develop their brains. Reading to your kids can and will help improve their imagination, help them with their reading skills as is, and provide them with a more capable ability in regards to comprehension.

The more you read to your child the better, when we read to our kids we are enriching their vocabulary and setting them up for a better step forward as school-age comes forth. Chances are looking back you have some memories of your parents reading to you, right? Those moments in time are now memories we look back on fondly.

According to Reach Out and Read’s website reading aloud promotes as follows:

It is widely accepted that reading aloud is the single most important researched activity leading to language development and promotes early literacy skills ( 2, 3), such as: 

Book handling and naming

Understanding how stories work

Recognition of sounds and letters

Knowledge of a wide range of vocabulary

Ability to listen

Even young babies can benefit from read-aloud practices!

All of these skills are essential as children start school and learn to read.
Reading aloud:
Builds motivation, curiosity, and memory

Helps children cope during times of stress or anxiety

Take children to places and times they have never been – enlarging and enhancing their worlds

Creates a positive association with books and reading 

Despite all of the benefits of reading aloud, surveys show that only a half of parents read to their young children daily (2) and less than 10 percent read to their children from infancy (4). Families living in poverty are significantly less likely to read aloud to their infants and toddlers ( 2)

Do you read aloud to your children and will you be doing-so more often now? I for one think that far more parents refuse to stop and realize how important one on one time is in this manner. What do you think about all of this and do you agree with the benefits noted above?